InvestorQ : How come some of the private airlines like Indigo and Spice Jet have already started accepting bookings when DGCA has put a ban?
Lavanya Subramanian made post

How come some of the private airlines like Indigo and Spice Jet have already started accepting bookings when DGCA has put a ban?

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ishika Banerjee answered.
1 year ago
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You are right that most of the private airline companies in India have restarted accepting bookings for both domestic and international travel. Here are some examples. Spicejet and GoAir are taking bookings with departures from 16 May while Indigo and Vistara are doing for travel from 1 June. State-owned Air India is yet to restart bookings for any travel but the rest of the private names have already commenced bookings. Ironically, this comes exactly one week after the airline companies were pulled up by the civil aviation ministry for taking bookings in the midst of restrictions remaining in force. In fact, airlines were specifically instructed not to accept further bookings till further instructions. Currently, the 16 May Spicejet flight from Delhi to Bengaluru is available at Rs.3,500 while Indigo is charging the same price for the route for 1 June travel. The government eased some restrictions for certain businesses and the airlines likely took that as a signal to restart their business activities. Airlines cannot afford to remain shut for too long and they need the working capital support of advance bookings to survive. Now airlines are using all possible loopholes to interpret the situation it suits them. And they really cannot be blamed for that.

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